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Newsletter. Issue 19. September 10, 2011


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Konkani Film goes International in Spain
Sent by: Mary Silveira of the QGA

The Konkani Film Industry is finally coming of age. What with Filmmakers of the stature of Sharon Mazarello producing Konkani Films of International standard?

The latest international acceptance is Sharon?s Film Tum Kitem Kortolo Aslo? (What would you do?) being selected for screening at the ?Marbella International Film Festival -2011? in Spain during October 2011. Can you believe it? A Konkani Film from Goa being screened at an International Film Festival in Europe?

Well, it?s time we Goans started believing in ourselves and our capabilities to come up to international standards. All Goans and lovers of Konkani should feel proud of Sharon Mazarello and her achievements for Goa and Konkani. The International film festival will be held from the 14th October to 16th October 2011 and the Konkani feature film ?TKKA? will be screened on 15th October 2011 at 1 pm on Screen I at Andalucia,Spain. It?s a rare opportunity for Goans in and around Spain to actually see a Goan Konkani Film being screened among other international Films of the world.

In June this year the same Konkani Film Tum Kitem Kortolo Aslo? was screened for the ?Addis International Film Festival-2011? in Ethiopia and now this. Great glories for Konkani Films!

We wish Sharon Mazarello ?all the best best? for her visit to Spain.

Sharon , keep the ?Goan Flag? flying.!!!

About Sharon (She writes in brief):

I am a Singer popularly known as 'The Voice of Goa' in the Konkani Tiatr circles, having been singing on the professional stage since the last 30 years. Having started my career by crooning for Mumbai bands, I switched on to singing on the Tiatr stage and then I went on to do acting, playwrighting, directing plays and now I am making films.

The subject and the message of the film: Tum Kitem Kortolo Aslo?

This film is about a woman and her kind. The Institution of Marriage demands togetherness and understanding between the couple. The woman alone is not solely responsible for the failure of a marriage. Its a bold theme in a goan setting.

More about the film:

My first project, this 35mm feature film in Konkani 'Tum Kitem Kortolo Aslo?' [What Would You Do?] which is written, directed, produced, acted in and done the playback singing as well, was first premiered in Kuwait last October, an International premier first time in the history of goan films. Thereafter it was released in Goa and it has clocked more than 115 screenings in cinema halls alone. In June 2011, the film participated in the International Film Festival of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, after it was selected by the Screening Committee there, which I attended along with my co-producer husband Wilson.

And now its going to Europe to be screened at Andalucia, Spain for yet another International Film Festival. And Before Spain, it is going to be screened at Mangalore on the 9th of October 2011.

Book Release - Just Matata ? Sin, Saints and Settlers ? A novel set in Goa and Kenya

The work is the first of a trilogy by Braz Menezes, a retired architect and urban planner living in Toronto. The books is set for release on September 30, 2011 Click here for further details or click on book cover.

Book Reviews:

Just Matata, the first volume in a projected trilogy, is excellent reading for the entire family, in the tradition of Huckleberry Finn. In this engaging debut novel, Braz Menezes describes in breezy style the joys, the sorrows, the matata (trouble) of growing up in the late 1940s in British colonial Kenya, and in Goa, Portuguese India.

Victor Rangel-Ribeiro, author of the award-winning novel. Tivolem, and of the short story collection, Loving Ayesha.

Just Matata is both fascinating and informative. The stories are quietly funny and poignan. We are drawn into the adventure and romance of Goa and East Africa and can almost smell the spices, taste the foods and hear the sounds. The Author conveys an exceptionally strong story, depicting the segregation and class distinctions in mid 20th century Kenya and a unique and compelling perspective to the history most people educated in the western world have come to accept. The first of a trilogy set in Kenya and Goa. just Matata succeeds in sparking the reader's curiosity to know more about how the unfolding of history will impact these peoples' lives.

Leah Rac Lambert, (canada) Author of the acclaimed novel, The Unveiling.

Dr. Austin Trinidade of Trinidad awarded Public Service Medal of Merit (Gold)
Thursday, September 1 2011

?Recognition by peers nice?

Having been overlooked on two separate occasions, prominent South Trinidad medical practitioner, Dr Austin Trinidade, says he was ?pleasantly surprised? after learning he would be conferred with the Public Service Medal of Merit (Gold) at yesterday?s national awards ceremony at Queen?s Hall, St Ann?s.

Trinidade, a Kenyan by birth but who has lived and worked in Trinidad since 1972, was among 56 persons who received national awards for their contribution to society.

In an interview at his Palmiste, San Fernando home on Tuesday, an obviously elated Trinidade said he had been ?very surprised? that he had been contacted by President?s House last Wednesday concerning the national award. ?I was very surprised to begin with because I?ve been nominated before, two or three times before, so I really wasn?t expecting. I knew they had nominated me, the (southern branch of the) Medical Association nominated me because they asked me if they could nominate me and I was kind of hesitant, I said I had been nominated before and nothing happened,? he said.

?Well, I?m surprised but I?m also very thankful, because it?s nice to be recognised by your peers and by your country, my adopted country, very thankful yes.? Trinidade said while he had been sworn to secrecy, he had told his wife, Lorna, whom he married in 1975, and had subsequently told his two boys, Aaron and Adrian, who were both in England.

Trinidade, who retired as Medical Chief of Staff at the San Fernando General Hospital in 2007, also served as president of the TT Medical Association in 1989 and had two stints as council member of the Medical Board from 1995-1998 and 2004-2006. He also organised the first audiology testing in South Trinidad, which was subsequently used as a template for the Ministry of Health 15 years later.

Biographical Note:

Dr Austin, born in Mombasa, was educated in Mombasa, and Nairobi.(Dr. Ribeiro Goan School Class of 1963) He received his medical education at Makerere University Uganda and graduated as M.B., Ch.B in 1972

Came to Trinidad July 1972 to work at San Fernando General Hospital as an intern. He then went to England 1976 for postgraduate training and obtained Fellowship of Royal College of Surgeons 1980 (Edinburgh) F.R..C.S. He returned to Trinidad in 1982 and became head of ENT in 1987. He was elected Fellow of American Academy Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery 1987

Appointed Medical Chief of Staff San Fernando General Hospital 1995. he served until retirement 2007, and now is in his own medical practice.

He married Lorna 1975, and has four children, Lawana, Aaron, Adrian & Teisha. Dr. Austin?s parents hail from Sangolda and Porvorim in Goa.

Goan Association of New Jersey (GOANJ)
By Tony Barros

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The Goan Association of New Jersey (GOANJ) had their annual members-only picnic on Saturday, July 9 at the Princeton Country Club in West Windsor,New Jersey.

At elections held for the Association's new office bearers, Godfrey Gomes was elected the new President of the Association. A former Vice-President, Godfrey replaces Felix Menezes who stepped down after six years in Office. (Felix previously held the positions of Treasurer, Vice-President and Secretary). The Vice-President - Gladys Monteiro and the Treasurer - Allan D'Guerra were re-elected to Office; while The new Secretary is Valerie Moniz and the Membership Co-ordinator is Cleta Lobo. All five officials were returned unopposed after their candidacies were endorsed by the Association's executive committee.

In his Opening remarks, Godfrey appealed to the members to support the Association's activities as it celebrates its 20th anniversary. The highlights will be the annual Christmas Gala dance in December at the Royal Alberts Palace Hall and will feature two bands- New Jersey's "PRISM" and Toronto's "GOA AMIGOS"

He reminded the attendees that the Association had chosen a larger hall as opposed to the traditional Ukrainian Cultural Center- to cater for a larger turnout. Later in the evening, at the holy mass celebrated by Rev. Fr. Martin Carvalho, attendees contributed some $775 to the Tivim-based ASRO care home for children afflicted with HIV/Aids in Goa. The donation will be used for purchasing beds and mattresses.

The Tivim home is an ongoing project of the Association and the children - mainly orphans- are cared for by the Sisters of Mercy of the Holy Cross.It is managed by Caritas Goa. The GOANJ also annually sponsors a student monetarily at the Patriarchal Seminary in Rachol which celebrated its fourth centenary last year.

Goan Archives Canada & "The Passages "Project
Posted on GoaNet by: Mervyn & Elsie Maciel mervynels.watuwashamba at gmail.com
Thu Sep 8 2011

The item below was sent by a friend from Canada and may be of interest to fellow Goans.

In February 2011, Goan Archives Canada was invited by the Peel Heritage Complex in Brampton Ontario to participate in the "Passages Project".

*?We all make passages through life. We celebrate points along the way which we remember through photographs or other keepsakes,? *said Christine Boyanoski, guest curator of Passages. ?Some passages are physical journeys to a new home. We carry with us those things that remind us of the people, places, and experiences we left behind. This web project explores what these things say about us ? both as individuals and as a community,? ?We know what makes us different; now, what is it that we all share?? see http://www.peelregion.ca/heritage/passages/

The Goan Community was among the first of the mark with more that 20 persons relating a 200 word account of their treasured items or keepsakes.

These write-ups with the photos of articles and contributors are now online at http://www.peelregion.ca/heritage/passages/#/gallery

Items featured with stories include:
Red Ruby Earings
A Chair from Goa
Memorabilia from the 2008 Goan Convention
Press Clippings .... the list goes on

In the spring of 2012 when the renovated Peel Heritage Complex Opens, Goan Archives Canada is set to deposit 12 bankers boxes of memorabilia of the Goan Community covering their presence here over the last forty years.

Mass Etiquette
By: Dorothy Pilarski

How to behave during a Catholic Mass
Remember you have entered into the house of God for the purpose of prayer, adoration, reflection, or to celebrate a sacrament. Now is not the time to talk to your friends, but to talk to God. Please do not bring in any cups of coffee!

In order to help you enter into a sacred space we ask you to remember,

  1. Turn off cell phones. Do not text messages or check your Facebook account from the pews or the back of the church. Leave your social media devices in the car. It?s time to focus on God. It?s distracting for others who are trying to pray. If you are waiting for an important phone call, consider going to mass at another time. Cameras, likewise should be left in the car, unless you are coming for a tour of the church and you have checked with the tour guide.

  2. Do not chew gum during mass or put it in your side cheek, to chew on it later. Spit it out before entering into a church. Did you know that you are supposed to be prayerfully fasting for an hour before mass? There is a possibility that if you keep the gum in your mouth and resume chewing after receiving the Eucharist, you may unintentionally spit out a bit of the body of Jesus. That would be sacrilegious.

  3. Dress with dignity for Mass. It seems that many women, many girls in this day and age have a need to always have a ?sexy? look. Mass is not a cocktail party. Mass is not a hockey arena. Come dressed with decorum, an aura of dignity. Consider teaching your children the different types of dress are important for different occasions. For everything there is a time. Please remember to dress modestly and ensure sure your daughters do , too. Bare shoulders and visible bra straps are not a good idea. They are highly distracting.

  4. Do not bring children?s activity bags, granola bars, cheerio?s, juice boxes, water bottles, toys including a child?s DS, play station, game boy, iPod touch or similar types of amusements to church. Mass is only one hour long. Children would grow in virtue if their parents expected them to detach from these things for at least an hour a week. For little toddlers there are beautiful is a series of little Catholic books put out by Father Lovasik. There are plastic rosaries or books about saints. Immerse your children in spiritual treasures during mass.

  5. Parents have a duty give their children ongoing, on the job training, all the time. That includes the obligation to train their children in the appropriate times to kneel, sit, stand and face the altar If children are engaged in playing with toys, eating, and drinking, they are surely not being taught about the fact that Jesus is really up there on the altar, significance of prayer, self control, and the importance of participating in the mass. Parents themselves get distracted with managing the dispensing of food and toys. On top of that it is a distraction to others in the pews who are hungry themselves, or who are trying to fully participate in mass.

  6. Do not drink bottled water in a house of worship. If an adult, for some reason needs to drink water to take some medication, please leave the church premises or at least the mass and drink the water, if you must outside the celebration of the Eucharist.

  7. If you are late for mass, please do not walk down the aisles looking for a seat until it?s appropriate. You are disrupting others. The Toronto Symphony does not allow late comers to waltz in at ?whatever? time. Church ushers should be trained to enforce this. Please do not leave mass before it ends. You will be missing the supernatural graces of the final blessing. Besides it?s a bad example for your kids

  8. Do not be an observer of the mass, but a participator. Don?t ask yourself, ?What is this mass doing for me?? Instead, ask yourself, ?What can I do to participate in the mass more fully?? Make an effort to listen, follow the readings, the homily, read scripture passages before mass, learn the prayers of the mass, follow along in the missalette and sing! You will become an outstanding role model for your kids.

  9. Do not have conversations during the mass. You would never have a conversation, during a performance of the symphony. If you did, you would be asked to correct your behaviour or leave. Quite simply it?s rude.

  10. It might be useful to ask ourselves, Who am I? Why am I here?
    The answers: To know God, to love him and serve Him especially at Mass!

Dorothy Pilarski
Dorothy Pilarski is a Catholic author, television personality, motivational speaker and consultant. She facilitates thought provoking conversations on Mothering, Full of Grace, a program produced by Salt and Light TV. She has a new book coming out in October 2011 specifically for Catholic moms.
Visit her blog at http://gutsycatholicmom.blogspot.com/
or contact Dorothy at http://www.dorothypilarski.com.

Reducing your Power Bill in the Greater Toronto Area

Time-of-use prices

With time-of-use prices, the price of electricity will depend on when you use it. There are three different time-of-use prices ? 5.9/kWh for off-peak, 8.9/kWh for mid-peak, 10.7/kWh for on-peak.

These prices are reviewed every May 1 and November 1 by the Ontario Energy Board (OEB).

The OEB reviews the rates based on electricity prices over the previous six months, as well as its forecast of future prices over the next year.

Time-of-use prices reflect the fact that the cost to provide electricity changes throughout the day. When demand is low, less expensive sources of electricity are used. When demand rises, more expensive forms of electricity production are called upon, making prices higher.

In summer, on-peak prices apply during the middle of the weekday (from 11am to 5pm), reflecting the increase in air conditioning use. In winter, on-peak prices apply in the morning (7 to 11am) and evening (5 to 9pm), when demand ramps up as residential electricity use increases. During weekends and holidays, all hours of the day are off-peak.

Starting May 1, 2011, off-peak time-of-use periods will start at 7 p.m., making it easier to shift your energy use to lower-priced times of the day.

Current time-of-use prices

Summer Weekdays
May 1 to October 31

Time Period /kWh
7 am to 11 am
11 am to 5 pm
5 pm to 7 pm
7 pm to 7 am

Weekends & Holidays

All day Off-Peak 5.9

Time-of-use prices are set by the OEB.

Time-of-use holiday schedule
Electricity used on weekends and holidays is billed at the off-peak rate of 5.9/kWh.
See the Time-of-use Holiday Pricing calendar for further details.

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